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Rents, Rights N'Rhythm: Cooperation, Conflict and Capabilities in the Music Industry


  • Birgitte Andersen
  • Richard Kozul-Wright
  • Zeljka Kozul-Wright


The need for better informed copyright policy and management is a huge problem because of the enormous and growing size and scope of the creative industries. In this paper we challenge the prevailing thinking dominating the theoretical literature on the economics of copyrights. By integrating the very real effect of cooperation (strategic interaction and creative interdependence) and conflict (asymmetric relationships in terms of interests, financial dominance, power and capabilities) throughout the economic system in generating value and appropriating rent from music copyrights, we argue how prevailing theory on copyright can be improved by integrating it into a framework of New Institutional Economics. Focus is on the interplay between (i) the “institutional environment” (or “rules of the game”) with respect to the regulation of copyrights underpinned by the economic rationales; and (ii) the “institutions of governance” (or the “play of the game”) with respect to the specific institutional mechanisms in organizing the creation and distribution of value and revenue from music copyrights, and with respect to royalty management.

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  • Birgitte Andersen & Richard Kozul-Wright & Zeljka Kozul-Wright, 2007. "Rents, Rights N'Rhythm: Cooperation, Conflict and Capabilities in the Music Industry," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(5), pages 513-540.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:14:y:2007:i:5:p:513-540
    DOI: 10.1080/13662710701524106

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    1. Vincent Mangematin & Jonathan Sapsed & Elke Schüßler, 2014. "Disassembly and reassembly on digital technology and creative industries," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-00946932, HAL.
    2. Albert Jolink & Eva Niesten, 2012. "Hybrid Governance," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics and Theory of the Firm, chapter 12 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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